Music Production for Films

A course by Simon Smith
Musician and Composer. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined June 2020
, Musician and Composer

Explore music as a tool for storytelling by conceptualizing, developing, and producing a score for the big screen

  • 99% positive reviews (158)
  • 4260 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Explore music as a tool for storytelling by conceptualizing, developing, and producing a score for the big screen



  • 99% positive reviews (158)
  • 4260 students
  • 21 lessons (4h 21m)
  • 28 additional resources (7 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


Composing for films is a process that reveals the power of music. It evokes feelings that words and images alone cannot, and helps to bring a story to life. Musician and composer Simon Smith specializes in composing for film and television. His music can be heard in cinemas as well as on platforms like Netflix and Amazon.

In this course, Simon takes you through the process of conceptualizing, developing, and producing your own score for a film. Extend your music-making beyond just instruments and learn to tell compelling stories through sound.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. First Concepts
  • U3
    U3. Starting the Project
  • U4
    U4. Scoring
  • U5
    U5. It All Comes Together
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know musician and composer Simon Smith. He talks you through his journey to becoming a composer for film and television, before taking a look at the artists and influences which have inspired his work over the years.

Explore what film scoring actually is, then dive into the equipment you’ll need to create one, from headphones to virtual instruments. Go behind the scenes of the film production process and the people involved before switching your focus to the music itself. Learn to analyze how and why film music works and discover different options for applying musical ideas to a story. Look in-depth at how storytelling and music are used in films before diving into example scores and hearing Simon’s tips on composition and production.

Discover one of the key moments in the film scoring process: the spotting session. Then, begin your technical setup. Dive into the film and find a concept to give perspective to your musical ideas. Learn to analyze a script, location, acting, lighting, and more before deciding on your ideas and making a plan for your music.

Now you’re ready to start writing! Simon talks you through creating a theme suite or palette of colors and sounds before applying your ideas to a film, scene by scene. Once your ideas are ready to share with a director, prepare them for presentation and feedback.

With the composition stage over, it’s time to perfect your sound ready for exporting and delivery. Simon shares his expertise on legal matters including release forms and music royalties. To finish the course, he offers his advice for career development in the music industry.

What is this course's project?

Compose a powerful score for a short film of your choice.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone with an interest in learning to score music for film or applying music to any audiovisual work.

Requirements and materials

Some basic understanding of music theory is required. You will also need the ability to record, edit, and mix music in a digital audio workstation.

In terms of equipment, you will need headphones, virtual instruments, and other materials the teacher will talk through in more detail in the course.


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Simon Smith

A course by Simon Smith

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Musician and Composer

Simon Smith is a Barcelona-based musician and composer who specializes in music for film and television. As a child, he was always experimenting with playing different instruments and eventually went on to study music in London, where he found himself drawn towards composing and improvising. Simon went on to release music with a label in the city and play in bands at well-known festivals like Glastonbury before moving on to composing for the big screen.

He has worked in countries around the world including the USA, Germany, Mexico, the UK, and Spain, and his work can be heard both in cinemas as well as on platforms like Netflix and Amazon.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    First Concepts

    • What Is Scoring for Film?
    • What You Need before Starting
    • Film Production Process and Team Workflow
    • Let’s Talk about Music Itself 1
    • Let’s Talk about Music Itself 2
    • Music in Storytelling 1
    • Music in Storytelling 2
    • Some Composing and Production Tips 1
    • Some Composing and Production Tips 2
  • U3

    Starting the Project

    • Inside the Film: Finding a Concept and Planning 2
    • Inside the Film: Finding a Concept and Planning 1
    • Getting Set Up Technically
    • The Spotting Session
  • U4

    Scoring

    • The Theme Suite 1
    • The Theme Suite 2
    • Scene by Scene
    • Presentation and Feedback
  • U5

    It All Comes Together

    • Cue Sheets, Legal and Other Important Things
    • Mixdown and Delivery
  • FP

    Final project

    • Music Production for Films

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Music Production for Films. Music, and Audio course by Simon Smith

Music Production for Films

A course by Simon Smith
Musician and Composer. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined June 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (158)
  • 4260 students